Martina is a physician scientist with a particular interest in autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
During her medical training (Marburg University), she developed a mouse model of REM sleep behavior disorder, a precursor of Parkinson’s disease, at Harvard University. Fascinated by the possibility to study neuropsychiatric disorders at an early stage, she switched her focus to developmental neuroscience.
Martina’s goal is to map the spatiotemporal expression and determine the function of autism risk genes (CHD8, CHD2, POGZ) during critical periods of cortical development using cellular and animal models.
Martina is currently supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).